By Thys Khiba
Bloemfontein – The Free State department of health led by the MEC Montseng Tsiu confirms that they have earmarked about 97 facilities in their 5 districts to register and vaccinate the vulnerable population of over 60 years of age in phase 2.
According to the departmental spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, Thabo Mofutsanyana and Lejweleputswa regions have the highest number of 26 facilities each. Therefore, Mangaung region has 21 facilities, while Fezile Dabi region has 17 facilities with 7 facilities in Xhariep region.
“The Department encourages members of the community, community organisations and various stakeholders to join hands with the Department of Health to help in ensuring that the over 60 years population is assisted with registration through the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) by logging on at http://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/,” explains Mondli Mvambi.
The provincial health spokesperson, Mvambi has indicated that his department views vaccination as a vital instrument of prevention against Covid-19 related serious illness and death. He continued to encourage the community members to follow all “Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions” that have helped to curb the viral spread of the virus up to now.
“The Department is committed to ensuring that it finalizes the targeted vaccination of Health Care Workers as part of Phase 1 and move on swiftly to vaccinate the vulnerable population of over 60 years of age in Phase 2 that will resume by 17 May 2021,” said Mvambi.
Meanwhile, Mvambi says that they are aware of the view which says that vaccinating high risk population groups before winter will result in 40 000 lives being saved. “…reduce hospitalisation by up to 50%…reduce the costs that will be incurred by health care system in managing infections of those that will get sick, require admission and the incalculable cost of death.”
Latest Covid-19 provincial statistics: the total confirmed Covid-19 cases in the province is 87 568 with 80 993 (92%) recoveries. Meanwhile, 3 831 deaths have been reported in the province till date, with highest case fatality rate reported in both Fezile Dabi and Thabo Mofutsanyana Regions.